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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Stuart Congregational Church - Children's Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Stuart, Florida, United States

Date Posted: 11/21/2017
Categories: Children's Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

More than a quarter century ago Stuart Congregational Church (SCC) was born in a restaurant called Flashback Diner where beer had to be cleaned up from Saturday night patrons before the Gospel could be preached on Sunday mornings. The church structures were eventually built on the current property site at the corner of Ruhnke and Aster.

Originally, the church was called Christ Church, Stuart, but as part of the United Church of Christ denomination it later assumed the name Stuart United Church of Christ. In recent years they joined the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. Today, they are a non-denominational, autonomous church and feel that their current name reflects where the church is on its spiritual journey.  

Stuart Congregational Church has a rich, varied, and telling history. Founded in 1985, it has impacted its community through biblical teaching and service. Their roots can be traced through John Calvin to Jonathan Edwards to John Cotton to “Johnny Be Good” in a local diner. Today, Stuart Congregational is a welcoming, vibrant, multi-ethnic, church with a traditional congregational heritage, creative contemporary ministries, and a heart for people of all ages. SCC is a growing, multi-generational congregation that is active with the elderly and with children, tutoring Hispanic children twice weekly, housing a 5 day-a-week private school, and coordinating weekly ministries for the children and families of SCC.


Size: 340

Denomination: Non-denominational – Congregational Church, affiliated with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (

Location: Stuart, FL


About the Position:

The primary purpose of the Children’s Ministry Pastor is to provide the leadership, vision, and direction necessary to make a generational impact for Christ in the lives of children and their families. The position will be responsible for the overall ministry to children, from birth through the completion of the 5th grade. In addition to direct responsibilities of which the role will have oversight, he/she will be expected to make themselves available to serve in other ministry areas and divisions as deemed appropriate, in the spirit of teamwork, for the overall welfare and edification of the church. He/she will lead and grow a Christ-centered, engaging, and relevant ministry.

The ideal candidate will be creative and imaginative, with an enthusiastic and relational drive. They will be gifted in leadership, teaching, mentoring/coaching, administration, strategic planning, and possess strong organizational skills in order to effectively achieve the expectations of the position. He/she must have a strong passion to disciple children/families and can do so in a multiethnic and collaborative environment that thrives on volunteer team-based ministry, creativity, and organization. The successful candidate will possess the ability to create, build, and maintain a fun ‘kid-friendly’ Children’s Ministry program through efficient planning, implementation, and execution, with its ultimate goal being to contribute to the spiritual development of children. Partnering with parents to equip them to spiritually nurture their children is a key philosophy for Children’s Ministry at SCC. Finally, the motto “It’s a sin to bore a kid with the Gospel” should flavor every ministry endeavor.


What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Children’s Pastor:

The candidate will have had experience working as an effective leader of ministry teams, with the responsibility of providing vision for volunteers. They will have the ability to develop and monitor a vibrant, creative, and attractive ministry to children and families that is equally focused on evangelism and discipleship. They will possess a pioneering spirit with a tireless desire to nurture, expand, and maximize the potential of the Children’s Ministry at SCC.


The successful candidate should possess or is en-route to a four-year degree from an accredited college or university, and demonstrates at least 3+ years of development and administrative oversight in a Children’s Ministries role, preferably in a church of at least 300+ attendees.


The candidate’s experience should speak to substantial growth in ministry area(s) of responsibility.

Skills & Competencies

  • Skilled in identifying, attracting, and recruiting volunteer leaders.
  • Experience in empowering people and leading teams of volunteers and/or staff.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Successful leadership experience in vision setting and growing a children’s ministry.
  • Able to administer and organize budgets, events, and ministry communications.
  • Highly relational/pastoral with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to initiate and implement a plan of action.
  • Industriousness in use of time and resources.
  • Proven capability to work through complex projects.
  • A high capacity, energetic leader and manager that is not prone to procrastination.
  • Results-driven with a focus of excellence throughout every assigned task.
  • Familiarity with the “Orange” ministry philosophy is a plus.
  • Creatively cast vision and execute a strategic plan for discipling children who currently attend, as well as reach new families in the surrounding communities.
  • Collaboratively work with the youth pastor and senior pastor, sensitive to the need for proactive communication and connectivity in the pastoral staff.

Personal Characteristics

  • Strong, demonstrated relationship with Jesus Christ, guided by a commitment to following biblical principles for living a life of thankful service to God, and humble service within the body of Christ.
  • Emotionally healthy, teachable, self-aware of weaknesses, and self-correcting.
  • Financially stable.
  • Evidence of a calling to ministry to the next generation.
  • If married, the spouse will have a vested interest in ministry.
  • Energetic and enthusiastic, yet able to exude a calming influence when needed.
  • Confident with a humble attitude and a servant’s heart.
  • A healthy chemistry that ‘fits’ with the leadership, members, children, parents, and culture of SCC.
  • A demonstrated high level of integrity, guided by a sound set of ethical principles.
  • An effective communicator that teaches biblical truth in a fun, engaging, authentic and interactive style that is relatable to a child's everyday life and culture.
  • An unrelenting passion for leading children and families to faith in Christ, and equipping them with biblically age-based tools for life.
  • High relational skills and an infectious love for children and families.
  • Theological doctrine that compliments that of the SCC family of faith.
  • Tolerant of diverse theological perspectives.
  • Commitment to the local church as an expression of commitment to Christ.
  • A proven track record of being a self-starter, and goal-oriented worker, with an unusually strong work ethic. .
  • A team player and team builder who focuses on the good of the entire organization and can inspire others to work together to achieve organizational excellence.
  • Proven skills that foster trust, fairness, and teamwork among staff, church members, and volunteers, and a focus on excellence in all areas.
  • Compassion and empathy towards children and families in special need both inside and outside the congregation.
  • Ability to create fun and engaging community-wide events for children and their families.
  • A sense of humor and a passion for having healthy fun.
  • Commitment to make Stuart, FL area their home.


About the Location:

The ‘Sailfish Capital of the World,’ Stuart offers a wide array of activities to residents and visitors alike, including multi-level golfing, waterfront and sidewalk cafes, Fodor rated restaurants, one-of-a-kind boutiques, working studio and art galleries, antique shops, museums, a weekly Green Market, monthly waterfront jazz concerts, antique car shows, juried art festivals, and arts and craft festivals providing color and fun throughout the year. Stuart is bordered by the St. Lucie River and the Atlantic Ocean, which allows residents to enjoy year-round boating, fishing, kayaking, surfing, sailing, and beach-going.

Terra Fermata is the musical and cultural hub of downtown Stuart. TF is an out-of-doors music venue and beverage garden, hosting live music seven days a week. The landmark Lyric Theatre, built in 1926 as a silent movie house, brings a full slate of concerts, shows, and cultural events to Stuart. Downtown celebrations include Fourth of July and Christmas festivals, Fall Stuart Stroll, Dancing in the Streets, a variety of parades, and Pirate’s Day in the summer. The Stuart Boat show comes to town for three days every January, and in November, the Stuart Air Show turns all eyes to the sky for two days of aerial acrobats, static ground displays and vintage aircraft. Adventurers wanting to get back to nature, will find an array of outdoor options in the area, including paddling, hiking, biking and birding options at Halpatiokee Regional Park or discovering the pristine and often deserted beach at St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. Stuart is located on the eastern point of the Okeechobee Waterway, a 54-mile long waterway and Florida’s only cross-state canal, which extends from the Atlantic Ocean in Stuart to the Gulf of Mexico in Ft. Myers.

Stuart is part of Martin County School District, which boasts one of the best school systems in Florida. It is an A-rated school system with a 96% graduation rate, and boasts an International Baccalaureate Program. 

With its proximity to Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Orlando (Disney), Stuart possesses all the advantages of small town coastal living with the entertainment and cultural opportunities afforded by living near a major metropolitan area. As a small south Florida community, Stuart is viewed as a haven from the manic pace of more southerly Florida communities.

Stuart was named America’s Most Beautiful City in 2008 by America In Bloom and is a wonderful place to raise a family.